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Atmospheric boundary-layer across Hadley and Ferrel cells over the Indian Ocean

Bhat, GS and Rao, Prashanth L and Sangolli, VG (2010) Atmospheric boundary-layer across Hadley and Ferrel cells over the Indian Ocean. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 99 (10). pp. 1378-1383.

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Abstract

A Southern Ocean Pilot cruise covering the latitudes from 10 degrees N to 56 degrees S in the open Indian Ocean was carried out during January February 2004. Surface and upper air data collected during this cruise are reported here. It is shown that the broad features of the atmosphere, in particular that of temperature, follow the tropical and mid-latitude weather expected during January February in this region. However, the atmospheric boundary-layer shows large variations, both in its height and structure between tropics and high latitudes. Strong influence of the surface heat flux on boundary layer structure is clearly seen. Humidity field reveals several local maxima and minima, suggesting a laminated atmosphere with air from different sources moving almost unmixed in adjacent layers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Atmospheric boundary-layer; Ferrel cell; Hadley cell; humidity; Indian Ocean; SST
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 11:01
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 11:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/34912

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